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Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 March 1938 (USA)
After learning her multi-millionaire fiancé has already been married seven times, the daughter of a penniless marquis decides to tame him.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Charles Brackett (screenplay), Billy Wilder (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Nicole De Loiselle
Gary Cooper ... Michael Brandon
Edward Everett Horton ... The Marquis De Loiselle
David Niven ... Albert De Regnier
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Hedwige
Herman Bing ... Monsieur Pepinard
Warren Hymer ... Kid Mulligan
Franklin Pangborn ... Assistant Hotel Manager
Armand Cortes Armand Cortes ... Assistant Hotel Manager
Rolfe Sedan Rolfe Sedan ... Floorwalker
Lawrence Grant ... Professor Urganzeff
Lionel Pape Lionel Pape ... Monsieur Potin
Tyler Brooke Tyler Brooke ... Clerk
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Storyline

US multi-millionaire Michael Barndon marries his eight wife, Nicole, the daughter of a broken French Marquis. But she doesn't want to be only a number in the row of his ex-wives and starts her own strategy to "tame" him. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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He married in haste and repeated in pleasure!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blåskäggs åttonde hustru See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

François Truffaut has said that Miriam Hopkins was slated to star as Nicole de Loiselle. See more »

Goofs

When Nicole shuts the door to her part of the apartment to keep Michael out, you can hear her locking it. But throughout the film there is no keyhole or lock visible on either side of her door. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Floorwalker: Bon jour, monsieur. Is there something I could show you?
Michael Brandon: Pajamas.
Floorwalker: Will you be so good as to step this way. May I call your attention to the fact that we are featuring a special sale at reduced prices of raincoats, umbrellas, tennis rackets and portable phonographs.
Michael Brandon: I want some pajamas.
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Connections

Version of Bluebeard's 8th Wife (1923) See more »

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Horses
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Byron Gay
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Ham-fisted Lubitsch
19 April 2008 | by notmicroSee all my reviews

Very interesting failure. Everything is top-notch - writers, director, cast - and nothing works. What should have been a witty and sparkling adult comedy comes off like a mouthful of cardboard. Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert are like oil and water. The dialog feels arch and stage-bound, and the situations totally false and contrived, possibly because the adults seem to be behaving like 10-year-olds. Its a late 30's film, but feels oddly very early 30's and somehow dated, like a dusted-off version of "Trouble in Paradise". Compares unfavorably with Colbert's next film, the scintillating "Midnight", one of her more amazing roles.


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